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Acumen Overview

Burlingame, CA
201 to 500 employees
1996
Company - Private
Federal Agencies
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Acumen, LLC was established by scholars from Stanford University in to improve the information provided to policymakers who design and revise welfare, health, education, labor, and business programs at the national, state, and local levels. In conjunction with its affiliated ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to improve the information available to policy makers who design health, welfare, education, and labor programs at all levels of government.
We are an organization that attracts, develops, excites and retains exceptional people.

Acumen – Why Work For Us?


undefinedAcumen, LLC was established by scholars from Stanford University in 1996. In conjunction with its affiliated nonprofit firm, the SPHERE Institute, Acumen offers practitioners a powerful policy analysis capability, providing specific, impartial advice and context for policy debates.

We are committed to the improvement of public policy through information management, and we have worked with several agencies to develop resources to build their internal databases and self-evaluation capacity. To supplement internal sources of information, our team has created and utilized all forms of administrative and survey data to produce outcomes relevant for both service providers and funding organizations.

Our team of professionals are skilled in the use of large-scale administrative data sources to formulate concrete solutions to complicated problems. By basing our research and forecasts on sound empirical foundations, we provide our public and private sector clients a data-driven view of their business.

Acumen members have experience conveying information and research findings to broad audiences of policymakers, program operators, and other stakeholders. With these interrelated goals and expertise, Acumen, LLC serves the interests of the public, government, business and the research community.

Policy Areas

Acumen’s research focuses on the areas of health, labor and social policy. In particular, Acumen has developed an expertise in topics such as: comparative effectiveness research, value-based purchasing, drug safety, drug pricing, expenditure forecasting, and outcomes measurement for various health, welfare, education and labor programs.

Clients

Acumen provides consulting and research services to national, state, and local governments, as well as to non-profits. We cater primarily to federal agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mission Statement


Our mission is to improve the information available to policy makers who design health, welfare, education, and labor programs at all levels of government.We are an organization that attracts, develops, excites and retains exceptional people.







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Healthcare/Disability/Life Benefits
Acumen’s cafeteria plan enables employees to select the medical, dental and vision plans that best suits their needs. Employees are able to utilize Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). We also provide supplemental accident insurance, and short- and long-term disability coverage. Other programs available to Acumen employees include the Employee Assistance Program and group term life insurance.

401k Retirement Plans
Acumen offers both a traditional 401k and a Roth 401k plan for employees. After one year of service, the company automatically contributes 5% of an employee’s salary to the traditional 401k, regardless of whether that employee make contributions.

Paid Time Off/Sick Leave
Staff members accrue personal time off for vacation, personal business, and short-term illness. Accrual rates are based on years of service, beginning with three weeks per year, increasing to a maximum of five weeks per year.

Designated Holidays & Personal Floating Holidays
Acumen offers ten paid holidays per year, which are New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Other benefits:
Subsidized child care;
Subsidized fitness club access;
Commuter Checks.

Project Leaders

Acumen’s project leaders are representative of our firm’s distinct technical skills and are responsible for overseeing the completion of project objectives. Our project leaders are dedicated in providing high quality products, working against time and resource constraints. Listed below are Acumen’s senior project leaders, their title, and their e-mail address.


Thomas MaCurdy, Ph.D.Managing Member /
Senior Research Associate
Jay Bhattacharya, Ph.D.Senior Research Associate

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    It is amazing to be able to contribute to a company that is doing such good work. The company continues to hire super smart people and to bid on interesting work. Great location!

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    The company is not a typical tech company and so there is some challenge to the compensation. The company continues to make great improvement with culture, management and transparency.

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    Keep moving forward and working on improvements.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Acumen in April 2017.

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    Phone screen. First the interviewer asked me which position I was interested in, entry-level or senior software engineer. Cuz I'm new grad I chose entry-level. The questions are about concepts of data structure and OOD. And then asked more about my projects and tools and frameworks I used. The thing I did not like during the interview was that I always needed to ask interviewers(there were two I thought) whether they could hear me cuz they usually did not give me feedback after I finished my answer. Maybe they were doing their work during interview or just not interested in me . But really felt embarrassed when it came to silence after I answered questions.

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